Occupy Nigeria: Pictures from Days 1 and 2

Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 at 7:38 PM

By Glory Edozien

The fuel subsidy removal has sparked spirited protests in almost every part of the country. Nigerians from various works of life both within and outside the country have joined forces, in loud voices to ensure that their message is heard. 

On the 9th of January the Nigerian Labour Congress embarked on its country wide strike and various fractions of the country have supported this action with ‘occupation’ movements in various parts of the country.

Although most of these protests have been relatively peaceful, reports that at least 3 people were killed during these protests have been circulated on various news medium. In Lagos, a Divisional Police Officer attached to the Lagos State Command, shot and killed, Ademola Aderinde on Monday 9th Jaunuary 2012 at Ogba during the protests in Lagos. The officer was arrested on the order of the Commissioner of Police and is expected to be charged with murder following investigations.

According to official CNN statements, police reportedly fired on protesters in Kano, injuring at least 13 people. Demonstrators were gathered listening to speeches when police “suddenly came and some were shooting and some were throwing tear gas,” Shehi Ali, vice chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, told CNN.

Ali said one protester, a 12-year-old boy, was shot in the neck. Another protester was shot in the groin, he said.

Day 2 of the protests has also gained significant media attention with the Occupy Lagos movement also gathering steam at Lekki, the Lagos State House in Marina, Falomo, Otedola’s House in Ikoyi and Ganni Fawehinmi Park . Unconfirmed reports on casulaties have also been making rounds via various forwarded messages on Blackberry. Reports allege that the casualties occured at the Ojota Axes due to the crowd at Ganni Fawehinmi Park.

The pictures below have been taken from occupy movements around the country.

 Empty Streets in Lagos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Nigeriafilms.com; Linda ikeji, www.saaction.org, http://occupy9ja.com, www.ibtimes.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    • MelonX January 10, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      Lagos dey clean o!!!! Quick, quick, Fashola…maybe you can re-arrange lagos now that everywhere is empty.

    • darkvixen January 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      God will deliver us from this animals ‘we’ allow in power. That was why I never registered to vote because it was as clear as daylight that Jonathan badluck had no plans for us. No charisma, poor delivery of policies and his comments on National issues did it for me. The arabs did it all over the World, let us awake from this slumber of fear and boot out this heartless people. Its not only oil subsidy that we need to tackle, the so called Ministers, House of Assembly members, Governors all need to be purged out of Nigeria’s political fabric. WE are quick to compare ourselves with other nations, but let’s look at these nations and see the selfless effort they put into their Countries. Ghana did it, so can we, let’s be politically responsible and hold those we elect to represent us in the Assembly accountably. Let us say no to Tinubu, his wife, Allison Maduekwe, and all those re-cycled people who have governed us for the last 40 years.
      God bless Nigeria.

      • onyx January 11, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        But if we chuck them out, who do we put in there? We don’t have any active opposition groups like they did in any of the arab states you’ve just referred to.

        The problem is we throw him out, someone else (or even worse, the Military elite) just steps into the gap and continues doing the same old, same old… we have a problem that’s gone right down into our roots.

      • Tolu January 13, 2012 at 6:20 PM

        That’s the problem. You didn’t vote; and now you you want to blame the leaders we have? If all these protesters voted, perhaps we won’t be in this predicament.
        Having said that, the removal of the subsidy was necessary or needed. We need our infrastructures repaired. However, the removal process could have been much better. Our leaders need to come out and say this. In addition, we need transparency in govt. spending. I just pray the money is spent correctly. God bless Nigeria.

    • anon January 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      Im soooo proud of my country!

    • gbolade ibrahim abdul-hafeez January 10, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      I urge people should conduct their selves peacefully. To the people who lost their lives during the struggle May their soul rest in peace. Aluta continua

    • Tayo January 10, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      BN,

      Did you know that the dude in the green shirt and denim pants being accosted by Olopka in the picture fourth from the bottom on this thread was actually arrested, beaten and finally shot DEAD by one of those cops? The gory and debasing pictures pictures (his pant was pulled down and he was exposed for the world) are on several sites on the Internet (including FB).

      While I personally support the removal of the fuel subsidy, it is extremely horrific and horrible to see poor innocents CITIZENS (the Nigerian state does appear to be acquainted with the term) lose their lives (or even their liberty) simply because they are exercising their absolute democratic right to express dissent. May his courageous Nigerian soul RIP.

      • Ib January 11, 2012 at 2:22 AM

        OMG!Democracy indeed!smh.Nigeria my beloved country…sigh

      • FERAN January 11, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        Not all these people out there are innocent. Please let’s also realise that in some cases the police is left with no choice but to fire shots. My mum was attacked a mob in the lekki axis because she had to go and see my sister who was ill. They broke her windscreen and were about to set her car on fire. How do you suggest the police reacts in that case.

        • KennBest January 11, 2012 at 3:37 PM

          What business does your mother have driving on the road, when everybody else is protesting? She should use her common sense and stay at home or join the protest. Nigeria is bigger than your ‘Lekki’ mother.

        • Okechukwu Ofili January 12, 2012 at 2:09 AM

          @KennBest which wan you dey sef. Abi you no hear when she say her mumsie sister sick. Abeg dey read before you type.

    • mekhi phifa January 10, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      Why is dt a section of d country is nonchalant over ds Subsidy Removal issue I mean d whole of IBOLand and South South region expect Benin city, is dt they are more enlightened 2 understand d massage or is d living standard of Nigerian citizens in dt part of d country so….? Or are they being their brother (GEJ) n sisters (Ngozi n Dezieani) keepers……..?

      • Obi January 10, 2012 at 9:56 PM

        Sad to say, but that part of the country has seen bad, worse, worst days. Nothing going on for most of the people there anymore. Decades of terrible roads, exploitation by their own leaders, etc. Have you been to Aba recently? Who suffered during the kidnapping era? Who did something about it? Government turned a blind eye, No, two blind eyes to the situation. THE PEOPLE formed their own security patrols, hired private contractors (young men with guns & leaders) for security during events. Of course it could be the same young men involved in the kidnapping. The bottom line was, money has to exchange hands either with the kidnapper or the security men. I don’t think its nonchalance on the part of people living in the south east/ south south. I think its more like they’ve given up on change. If for 30+ years nothing has changed, do you expect a hungry man to join in a protest for food to be shared when he may never get that food?

        I am by no means against protesting when you feel wrong is being done. But the truth is that the person wearing the shoe knows where it pinches the most. There are many people in the country who will NEVER understand why folks are protesting because they have little or nothing to do with petrol & its siblings. Many still ride their bicycles or walk to their destinations so don’t expect them to join in this protest. The problem is beyond fuel subsidy in my opinion though. Its decades of corruption and silence.

        On the side, BN can you post an article critically analyzing the possible outcomes of this fuel subsidy removal please? The same way you outlined the details on the toll fee in Lekki (thereabout). Estimated cost of travel with a … say 14gallon tank on Lagos roads (popular distances) before, and with the new price. Stuff like that. I think it will be helpful.

      • Nma January 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

        I’m igbo…and i was wondering the same too. I know there are alot of Igbos in nonIgbo parts protesting. I am not too sure; maybe there are not news coverage of it in the east? or they are still gearing up to do it? I’d really like to know too, cos i know that GEJ’s BS is a nationwide thing. At the end of the day no one but his immediate family is benefitting shishi from him.

        • u-jay January 10, 2012 at 10:54 PM

          the apathy in d east is overwhelmin.me thinks d igbo man hs been supressed for 2 long and has probably given up.

      • Yoyo January 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM

        Pls shut the f… Up if you don’t have anything to say. Tell me who is occupying oshogbo, Ibadan, oyo, ilorin, akure etc… The occupation was done in major cities in case you are not very observant. RETARDS need to be told its not a tribul issue, it is a national issue #occupyNigeria not #occupyIboland

        • Ronny January 11, 2012 at 12:33 AM

          @ Obi i agree with you completely. Still i don’t think the SE/SS should give up we’ll all enjoy the benefit of the people protesting in Lagos and other states.
          @ Yoyo, i think you should go over what has been written above again..preferably slowly this time and apologize. Don’t see the reason for your “confrontational” statements. BTW, there was actually occupy Oshogbo.

        • miss t January 11, 2012 at 10:23 AM

          Must you insult someone for carefully pointing out the obvious! Who told you oyo and the rest are more of major cities than aba or places like enugu.

          Well to answer your question, I am from Akwa-Ibom and even when the fuel price was 65naira, in Uyo I saw fuel selling for 95naira 120naira. So even before the fuel subsidy removal fuel price has been very high. I never understood the logic behind an oil producing state selling oil more expensive than non-oil producing states. Oh well all in all I am proud Nigerians are doing this. Unfortunately even though Goodluck might have good intentions, we as Nigerians do not trust the government because they have always failed and even though he has good intentions, is it when we have suffered and died because our incomes can’t sustain us, that we will start reaping the benefit of this thing.

      • Zara January 11, 2012 at 3:16 AM

        I am Igbo and I must say that I am ashamed of my people! Jonathan has not done anything for the Igbos since he took office so I really do not understand why Igbos support him. He hasn’t done anything to end the killings of Igbos in the north yet my people blindly support him. The man is Ijaw, he is not Igbo! I am so confused why Igbos have so much love for him.

        • Nma January 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

          Thank u! Thats another thing i wanted to point out. He is Ijaw!!!…no where close to Igbo! (altho i wonder how he got the name “Ebele”).

        • QQ January 12, 2012 at 7:21 PM

          It’s unfortunate that you are so ashamed of your people Zara.
          I’m Igbo and i know what our people have suffered for years during and since after the war. Maybe you need some history lesson. Go ask your mums and Dad what the Igbo people sacrified after the war, what they have had to put up with in the east for over 40years and what they have been particularly suffering in recent years that has lead to them( the Igbos) fleeing from the east to the North, west and overseas for greener pastures. Do you travel to your home town at all? How much do you think fuel cost in the east even before this subsidy removal? As at 2009 it was sld for 65-95 naira in some places. Who spoke out for the Igbos then? When Aba was going through their crisis who cried out to government for them? With most of the major roads in the east dilabitated including Federal roads, who cried out to the government for the Igbos……..I can keep going on and on. Look, it is easy to judge when you don’t understand the circumstances people have to live under. The Igbos have a ‘vanquished (casualty of war)’ mentality and cannot be crucified for it. Besides the whole essence of the Biafran war was revolution which they tried and failed with great loses which they are yet to recover from. So don’t expect the wounded to fight the fight. If you are not going to sypathize with the Igbos, at least leave them alone to keep nursing their wounds.

      • Concerned Nigerian January 11, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        Go to reverine communities and see if they get N65 fuel. All they got were the flares from the oil production. It pays them for oil to be deregulated so that everyone one pays the same price from these remote delta communities that produce oil in the creeks to major Nigerian cities

    • oro January 10, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      The guy in the green t shirt been harassed by police was the one shot in the groin.He was left to die in a pool of his blood.Pictures of the shooting are on twitter.Sigh!

      • ah January 11, 2012 at 7:09 AM

        I was expecting to see the guys pictures after he was shot….but i guess BN is playing safe…
        No blame them, they aint Bella Ikeji….Dont even know why am wasting my time posting this cos id bet my annual salary that BN wont post it just like they delete any any post they feel aint favorable to them. Nways BN, pls be reminded that constructive critism is the best feedback you can ever get. At least your moderators would have read this b4 una go delete am…Mtcheeewwww!!!!

        • nefe January 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

          Why would one want to see gory images of someone shot in the groin; i mean what satisfaction do you get. Would you like it if you saw images of a family member that was shot and killed posted on a website. Sometimes i wonder how people think.No empathy whatsoever. Constructive criticism my foot! kmt.

    • Opeyemi Okundaye January 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      Imagine our government’s excesses.

    • mekhi phifa January 10, 2012 at 9:24 PM

      Again we Nigerians should use ds opportunity 2address d issue of d bogus allowances of political office holders dts is supoz 2take Airwaves right now dan ds Subsidy removal its jus “one” of d endless issues dt we need 2address seriously bcos its likely de might revert bak 2 N65 n den what? Labour will call of d strke n All d protesters will b d fulls at d end of d day.
      Abeg d #OCCUPY Nigeria movement should b specific on major strides 2achieve in ds Awaking.
      D 25% cut is jus their salary I can’t b compared wit d ALLAWANCES pls ds is a ones in a generation opportunity 4evry youth unda 30 note dt all their children are schooling abroad now bagging de can 2come bak n rule us. Deziane Madueke’s sons, David Marks son, all d governors (past n present) children, d list is endless

    • Opeyemi Okundaye January 10, 2012 at 9:46 PM

      So many issues to b thrashed out.our present politicians need to b wiped out like d case of Ghana.countries that could not stand us those days are better than now.we are retrogressing all bcos power revolves round some pple.we really need God’s intervention.

    • Opeyemi Okundaye January 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      So many issues to b thrashed out.our present politicians need to b wiped out like d case of Ghana.countries that could not stand us those days are better now.we are retrogressing all bcos power revolves round some pple.we really need God’s intervention.

    • kennyomo January 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM

      Nigerian should have never recieved their independence!!

    • Paul January 10, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      Nigerian police men and women are all criminals and barbaric to say the least. I am not surprised that they are killing innocent people doing what they are supposed to do in a democratic setting. Most military officers in Nigeria are illiterates who only joined the force to kill people and collect bribes. They tell lots of lies and never know their left from right. How can a police man shoot a protester in his groin? Why not shoot this victim on his leg or anyother part that will not claim his life. Jonathan, Okonjo Iweala, Mrs. Madueke are all criminals who just took the opportunity of being in power to steal money. There is nothing like oil subsidy in Nigeria, if Nigerians really know how oil is managed in the country by the so-called leaders. How can Nigeria, an oil producer still imports refined petrol from other non oil producing nations. Jonathan, Iweala, Madueke, David Mark, Obasanjo are all thieves and this strike must continue to drive all these thieves from power. They are the obstacle to the development of the country. Obasanjo stole $16.5 billion meant for electricity and till today nobody in Nigeria is bold enough to ask the man to refund the money or face the law. How can Nigeria develop with people like Obasanjo, Jonathan, Iweala, David Mark, Madueke in government? This stike must be seen as a revolution and it must continue the the desired goal is achieved.

    • Clinton January 10, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      Pls nigerians should give uncle joe chance to transform nigeria and build confidence in nigerians. God bless nigeria.

    • irokoroots January 10, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      Lol at the malo guy spelling youth “yourth” on his placard. Hahaha them no go go school. This is what Boko Haram wants for the nation smh. In all, one Nigeria, God bless Nigeria #OccupyNigeria

      • Missy January 11, 2012 at 12:49 AM

        At least he’s out there protesting! This is not a tribal issue, it is a Nigerian issue and his doing his part as a Nigerian. What are you doing? Can we just stop with the segregation pls?

        • irokoroots January 11, 2012 at 2:30 PM

          No one is segregating anything here (dont throw words that spark unnecessary flames), I am just pointing out a clear fact. Boko Haram with their insane values dont seem to be protesting either and judging from that picture, they seem to be bringing alot of good to the people they claim they are emancipating. Protest or no protest their plans for Nigeria yield no good fruit and I’m just pointing this out missy. God bless Nigeria #OccupyNigeria.

    • Purpleicious Babe January 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      Evil Evil…. why shoot him? why?

      I can’t believe police are actually not PROTESTING??? are they not feeling the HEAT, or do they think it wont get to them…

      Every occupation in NIAJ SHOULD BE PROTESTING OHH..

      I pray God will protect the protesters risking their lives… NO KILLING SHOULD BE ALLOWED. MAY GOD AND THE BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT CRY OUT TO THOSE OWN THAT CLAIMED LIVES UNJUSTLY….

    • urbanshe® January 10, 2012 at 11:24 PM

      Na wah o! All I see here are a bunch of people who don’t want change! #occupy Nigeria# my butt! If your past govt have failed you go and hold them responsible don’t come on here commenting in anonymity. This guy is offering you change and you have all refused to look on d brighter side of the field. Keep subsidy and remain stagnant! Nonsense, some can’t even define subsidy without d dictionary or Google. Go and enlighten yourself. And stop believing all u see online.

      • Bisola January 11, 2012 at 1:05 AM

        Yes the same person is spending close to a billion on food and entertainment, 45 million on newspapers. The subsidy is put at a little over a trillion naira, well the NASS costs Nigerians almost the same amount. As someone said you’d think the logical steps would be to Cut Cost, Tackle Corruption, Build Refineries and THEN Remove Oil Subsidy: but then Common sense is not that common.

      • Zara January 11, 2012 at 3:10 AM

        And for how long will you continue to be gullible? What makes you think Jonathan will be different from other leaders before him? How are you so sure that the money saved from the subsidy removal will be used to implement changes in Nigeria? Shouldn’t a leader lead by example? If Jonathan is willing to force Nigerians to suffer the negative effects of subsidy removal why can’t he join in the suffering and cut down on his extravagant 2012 budget? He is living in luxury but expects Nigerians to bear all the pains.

      • Alice January 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        Duh!!!! and whose fault is it that majority of the people can’t spell/define ”subsidy”? All because you have been privileged to enjoy or benefit from a good/sound education does not give you the audacity to run your mouth the way you want it. Point of correction, it isn’t about people not wanting change, it is about ”change” not been implement appropriately. But I won’t be surprised to find out that you are probably seated in one fat house, typing crap on the forum, without feeling the heat. I am also willing to bet that you stand to gain a lot from this subsidy removal.

    • Adesina Jeremjah January 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

      As we painstakinly and vehemently push for what will better the lots of Nigerians, we need to understand that this is an epoch-making period in the political history of Nigeria and as such do what is expected withh all sense of reason and intuition. may god Help us as nation builders.

    • Chei January 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM

      i feel sorry for nigeria and all you are going thru – Satan has a strong hold on your land and only prayers willl deliver the nation.

    • Joyeux January 11, 2012 at 12:10 AM

      So proud of my country & our citizens! May God grant you all strength in this time of turmoil and I pray an agreement is reached amicably :)

    • Ronny January 11, 2012 at 12:43 AM

      I’m really proud of my people. May our labour not be in vain! Its interesting that the president has chosen to remain quiet-Probably hoping that the protesters will get tired and retire to their homes. This whole episode has shown how we shouldn’t judge on face value/words spoken. The president that looks like he can’t hurt a fly, removed subsidy on new year’s day and is ignoring the cry of nigerians. Even Obj who was considered wicked, wouldn’t have handled it in this manner! Even the police officers look so hungry and sad. May God help us

    • Y8? January 11, 2012 at 2:46 AM

      NEPOTISM! The biggest fuel for corruption in Nigeria. SS and SE folks are the most culprit of this. GEJ is their son so they wouldn’t see anything wrong with his policies. SW never gave OBJ such free ticket to misrule this nation, they never even voted for him in his first bid unlike all this psychopats that went ahead as rigged for him.

      • tania January 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        The south east will not protest because when they tried it in the past, they were generally betrayed. As far as they are concerned, they just fight to make sure that their family have a better life and damn the government

        • Bey January 12, 2012 at 4:44 PM

          oh please! Warris dat? Who has not been betrayed? They should get over it! Igbo people have decided they will not get involved in anythg that happens in ‘Nigeria’ after what happened to them during the Civil War when they felt Yorubas did not join them to form Biafra! So anythg to happens in Nigeria havent you noticed they pack their load and flee ‘home’! No wahala! Dont complain when you are not part of the Nation Building process! *BN; publish my comment o!

    • mimi January 11, 2012 at 4:55 AM

      in da eastern part..imo state 2 b precise i remember vividly weneva we travel a litre of fuel was alwats 150naira and in some parts 200naira..dat was about 4yrs ago…who uses it if nt pple frm yonder …so dev been tru worst and prolly all given up ,,onye obiara oga eme gini.

    • NNENNE January 11, 2012 at 5:05 AM

      I guess Ibo people are mute because they are mourning the death of their loved ones in the North.Although other groups were affected, theirs was more and it has been going on for years. They are confused… Do we protest for subsidy or mourn our loved ones?
      Totally my guess.

    • Maroon January 11, 2012 at 6:15 AM

      @ Urbanshe : It is either your brain cells aren’t functioning properly or ur a COMPLETE illiterate.. Have you bin following this issue at all? CHANGE !! u say? With our totally greedy and corrupt govt, u talk change.. If there is a change to be made, the govt shud start with itself.. Go and read up on the salaries of the men in goverment n their ridiculous allowances..Go and read up on the budget of Nigeria every year and how many “so called vision the govt accommplishes each yr”..Besides u think GEJ is a one man army? i lol at ur stupid comment, even if he has good intentions, do u think those in the closet behind him support his vision 100% without alternative plans in mind?
      Your probably running your mouth cause you can easily and conveniently afford to feed, shelter, transport, educate and av the basic necessities and luxuries of life.. How abt the other side, the poor man who’s child is dying in the hospital cuz he cant afford N1,000 drugs. How abt the widow with 5 kids who as to clean the streets day and night jus to feed from hand to mouth…
      No electricity, lack of free health services, bad roads, no water, the lists is endless and now this..
      Things have to be put in place first before the govt shud even consider subsidy removal.

    • Me January 11, 2012 at 7:15 AM

      Bring an end to corruption not just subsidy.

      Do not let the guy in green die in vain. In fact, everybody where green today

    • Me January 11, 2012 at 7:16 AM

      wear*

    • Chioma January 11, 2012 at 7:49 AM

      God bless nigeria.

    • mekhi phifa January 11, 2012 at 8:20 AM

      @Yoyo pls is Very unnecessary 2stat up name calling like ur “Retards”, bringing tribalism is not expected frm any 9jrian dt passed tru any university in ds country u should be ASHAMED of urself. Tribalism is so 1960s, I as a Nigerian am still concerned abt carrying evry1 along ds very long road 2real Freedom.

    • gree212 January 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      It would be really good if bellanaija can keep updating information about current happenings in Nigeria, this site is hardly updated.

    • Biodun January 11, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      The PENGASSAN President, Babatunde Ogun has betrayed Nigerians. He has been promised a position in Government if fuel subsidy removal stays. He is working to make sure that oil wells are not shut down as this will bring Nigeria Govt. to her knees _no more money to share in Abuja. Shutting down of oil production is the only thing that can put FG and America under pressure instantly.
      He is the one frustrating the PENGASSAN Branches who are ready to take d bold step. The following are his phone numbers: 08035113031 and 08055493031. _His email: Babsogun@yahoo.com. Pls occupy his life. Bombard him on Facebook also. Text him, facebook him, call him,…

    • triangle January 11, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      Erm for those saying GEJ hasn’t done anything for the igbo pple. Do you realise that before the appointment of Ihejirika as the chief of army staff, no igbo person had occupied the position since Aguiyi Ironsi who died in the coup of 1966? GEJ came and broke that jinx proving that he actually trusts ndi igbo. Before Yakowa assumed gov of kaduna, a christian had never occupied dt post. Making sambo vp, ensured he broke dt jinx.
      As for d non- protest in iboland, the one we went for are we back? The civil war set the ibo race years behind their peers. Gowon killed d brightest minds in ala igbo. Read Chimamanda’s half of a yellow sun. Yoruba’s went to school, travelled abroad back then. Ndi igbo were betrayed by even our brothers in d SS. So no we aren’t protesting! We are mourning our brothers massacred in d north. BTW it was only nnpc mega stations that consistently sold fuel at N65 bak then.
      God bless Igbo land.

      • KennBest January 11, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        You lie my friend and your position is wrong. If you suck under the past civil war and refuse to do something for yourself, don’t blame Gowon and the civil war. Not joining to raise your voice will get you nowhere, either. I admire an average Ibo man anywhere. He is strong, focused, and can improvise to make ends meet. Thats what his past has taught him. Stop crying over spilled milk and ask yourself why Nigeria the 5th largest oil producer does not have a single refinery.

    • Mo January 11, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      kennyomo….you hit the nail on the head. I dont understand why we were given independence in the 1st place. We simply were not ready!! 50 years after and no progress whatsoever…Ludicrous!!

    • Ovadje January 11, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      @ Miss T, refined products (not oil) cost more in several oil-producing states because that’s not where such (imported) products are landed. The fact is that Nigeria imports the great majority of its refined products — which means that in addition to subsidizing a small cartel of products importers and marketers (who simply take a bank loan to imports products, sell same at a GUARANTEED profit and repay the loans with much to spare), we are also subsidizing jobs for refiner ABROAD! Meanwhile, the ARTIFICIALLY (subsidized) cheap price of products in Nigeria virtually guarantees that no investor would take the considerable risk of investing in domestic refineries in Nigeria. Why would any sane person (making a purely economic decision) invest on a project with a long financial pay-off period when s/he can simply import products and make a quick and GUARANTEED financial windfall? The reality is that only the economic pricing of products will incentivize investment in domestic refining, add value to the oil produced from Miss T’s backyard and create jobs and wealth here in Nigeria for NIGERIANS! And that’s why I SUPPORT THE REMOVAL OF THE OBTUSE ELITE SUBSIDY!!

      PS: Btw, those of you wondering why there is less passion for the protests in certain parts of the country, obviously do not realize that many Nigerians in various parts of Nigeria already pay the (non-subsidized) real ECONOMIC cost of petrol (almost N200 per in certain areas) and so are unfazed by the removal of the so-called “subsidy” that has resulted in listed prices BELOW what many Nigerians are already paying. In fact, people should instead be wondering why there are no protests in places like COTONOU (Benin Republic) and LOME (Togo), where a relatively significant port of Nigeria’s subsidized imported products end up — and are sold at relatively economic prices (at least, higher prices than in Lagos) by another cabal/cartel of Nigeria’s rapcious rentseekers.

    • Chuk Opiah January 11, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      My purpose of writing is merely to bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive in us as Nigerians, which is dated as far back as from the military rule to what is now called “democracy.”. The bone of contentions for us is that the government always protects the robber instead of the robbed, and the question is. Why is it not the other way around?
      Had it not been a case of corruption Nigerians would have embraced the issue of fuel subsidy differently because the average Nigerians have suffered long enough that it almost becomes our way of life. The attorney general is worried about anarchy and so what about the anarchy they (government) created since independent?
      As a result, robbers still attack homes, and operate on almost every motor way frequently in spite of the police check points, which is a meal ticket from a motorist point of view rather than a deterrent for the robbers. The men on uniforms can invent various traffic offenses and detain drivers at their own will and therefore, frustrate passengers and in the end settle for little change the driver could manage. I travelled on the most commercial route in Nigerian – Lagos – Onistha express way, and I counted 70 police check points and four customs check points. Amazingly, each check point has a price tag, and the custom check point also has its own price tag, which is four times more than the police. According to my research, the uniform men of our country are making millions of naira daily and at the same time still get paid from their employers. I was in Bassa, a small community behind Abuja international airport a week before Christmas 2011, and the robbers attacked almost every home for four hours and shot a landlord, and this matter was swept under the carpet as the victims of this horrific crime believed the police would do nothing. What was interesting about it was the victim of the gun shot could not be treated by any hospital without police report, and I simply could not articulate the logic behind this?
      The idea removing the fuel subsidy is like condemning a robbed man because his possession of money precipitated the evil act of robbery? A country where everything is wrong and has weak leaders who consider themselves the only citizens that have the right to be protected from who? The people they robbed.
      Travelling on Nigerian roads you will hear more siren vehicles plying the roads; they are not ambulances trying to save life, not police vehicle chasing the bad guys, but they are officials of the government and few rich men and women who can afford the police escort, including robbers because they can also afford escorts too.
      God helps us

      • Tayo January 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        @ Chuk, good post.

        However, we should not compound wrongheadness with more wrong. In other words, just because our country has been managed poorly does not mean that we should continue to heap on more mismanagement. In fact, because of the long history of government mismanagement, we should be getting the government out of the downstream petroleum sector. Perhaps (and maybe just perhaps), we will see a little bit of the sorts of benefits that followed the government’s exit from the telecommunications business.

    • temi January 11, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      @urbanshe,so far u are the biggest illetrate i ever heare speak,look at u wen ppl are voicing out comment dat will help this country u are there enjoying in poverty.pls educate urself next time okay.I BELEIVE IN NIGERIA AND I KNOW ALL OUR FIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY WILL BE SUCCESSFULL.IT IS WELL WITH NIGERIA.AMEN!!!!

    • marvel January 11, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      BN, I hope as a New Year resolution, you stop this childish and patronising practise of holding people’s opinions. What right does your so called moderator have to pick and choose what is said or felt by your readers? How democratic is that? If you feel the post is likely to offend, then do what the beeb do. rate it low and minimise it so that if I want to read it, I click and read. How dare you play mother to me? You seem to have your favourites and print their abusive responses even if peppered with swear words and if another doesn’t like your favourite celebrities weave, the response dissapears. It just has to go!!

    • me January 11, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      @Maroon, God bless you!

    • Olumide January 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      Good work Glory. Nice to see Bella Naija covering this. Looking forward to more like this showing that you guys can cover all that affects us- from hard news to celebrities.

    • Akinyemi olufunmi January 11, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      This is so pathetic,

    • Sparkle January 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      WHY THE IGBOS ARE NOT PROTESTING!!!

      A lot of undiscerning Nigerians are flummoxed why
      Ndigbos, the South-South and the Middle-belt are not
      actively participating in the so called ‘Occupy Nigeria’
      hoax.

      Why should the Igbos, South-South and Middle-
      belt participate in protests against fuel subsidy
      removal? How many Igbos, South-Southerners and Middle-beltans are major oil importers?

      The cabals
      benefiting from the oil subsidy are mostly the Hausa-
      Fulanis and the Yorubas. The Dangotes, the Dantatas,
      the Sawoes, the Danjumas, the Jubrils, the Aremus, the
      Kayodes and the Babangidas are all from either the
      core North or the South-West. They are the ones who make billions of Dollars from fuel subsidy.

      They are the
      ones who after collecting subsidy, divert the product
      meant to be delivered in the North to Niger Republic,
      Chad and Benin.

      They are the ones who are among the
      richest in the African continent.

      They are the ones who
      boast of the richest black African.

      They are the ones sponsoring the protest against subsidy removal.

      Majority of the common man/woman on the street
      fighting against subsidy removal is doing so in his/her
      genuine but ignorant conviction that he/she is doing
      the right thing. He/she believes they are saving
      Nigeria.

      But the truth is far from that: they are just being used as expendable pawns by the super-rich cabal.

      If President Jonathan Goodluck had hiked the price of
      petrol to N200.00 per litre but continue to pay the
      cabals the exact sum on subsidy, you won’t have seen any
      of them standing up to join the people in any protest.

      In
      short, they would have called him the best thing to happen to Nigeria.

      But because President Goodluck
      Jonathan is hitting hard on their pockets via subsidy
      removal, they are all crying out.

      Savant minds should
      start asking themselves these questions:

      (1) Those who
      sponsor Boko Haram, where do they get their income
      from?

      Those super-rich cattle herdsmen, where do they get their money from?

      Why is it that the richest
      Nigerians are Hausa-Fulanis? Abi na them go school
      pass or sabi business pass?

      What tribe has the majority
      of oil-block holders?

      The removal of fuel subsidy is not
      only an economic policy, it is also a security measure to
      stymie the funds of Boko Haram sponsors.
      Don’t just join the bandwagon in their frenzy screams like one
      diligently striving to be a fool.

      Take time to ponder the
      hidden meaning of things; also endeavour to
      understand the subtle and covert nature of power-play.

      The Igbos, the South-Southerners and the Middle-
      beltans understands this.

      The Igbos have paid the price with their blood and are still paying it even today at the
      hands of Boko Haram.

      The Middle-beltans are the
      bulwark against the encroachment of radical
      Islamism; they are the ones being slaughtered in Jos.

      The South-Southerners are the ones who stand
      helplessly and watch others grow fat and super-rich on their oil.

      But the scenario has changed today. Only a
      South-South man could tackle the mammoths and
      behemoths. Only a South-South man would have the
      guts to want to right the wrongs.

      President Goodluck
      Ebele Jonathan, be rest assured that I, Okah Ewah
      Edede, supports you. Be assured that I and my family are ready to die for this cause if it comes to that. I want
      to be able to say to my kids that “I fought and fell but
      conquered so you could stand.” May God continue to
      protect you and bless all Nigerians. Mauritori te
      Salutemus: I who is about to die salute you.

      Okah Ewah
      Edede

      • Ronny January 11, 2012 at 11:05 PM

        LOL….#delusion#

    • miss serious January 11, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      personally,i feel people are gettin confused about the issues on ground at the moment.there is the economic angle,the social and political angle too. Speaking on the economic angle, the removal of subsidy is a great thing. The way i see it,we r all goin 2 have to pay a price for our country to move foward, removal of subsidy today will spell short term hardship with long term economic benefits. We want better infrastructure but where do you want the money to come from. Govt has options, it can remove subsidy OR reduce salariesOR sack workers OR increase taxes and at this point as unpopular as it seems,removal of subsidy is a better option bcos it has long term benefits. People are calling for GEJ to reduce government expenditure and i very much agree on d need for our leaders to make sacrifices too BUT wE MUST remember that nigeria has a very peculisr case because our constitution itself supports a very recurrent expenditure lifestyle. For example, do we really need 36 states, 774 LGs, 10 cuncillors in each, ministers from each state or even a bicameral legislature at most. These r questions that GEJ,Sanusi, Iweala have no power to answer because WE THE MASSES r the ones with the power through our representatives in NASS to amend our constitution. It is instructive to kno that PMS sells for about 175 in GHANA, 190 iN niger, 200 in chad. It isnt news that countries like ghana and angola hav found oil and have sworn not to us its revenue to handle recurrent expenditure butto channel it towards infrastructural development, we must tow dat line too.
      No oneargues that nigeria is bedevilled by corruption, we must draw a line between d rightness of dis new policyand iur mistrust for our leaders. Now govt has said they wil reinvest money saved from removin subsidy, all nigerians should channel all their eergy and political will yowards monitoring implementation and ensuring accountsbility. This we can do through oou political reps afterall we practise a representative democracy.the sooner d masses understands that ultimate power in a democratic setup lies with them, then it will b easiet to understand that it is only us who can fight corruption in this country by aggregatin our political will

    • Juliet January 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      Father lord see us all throgh

    • BeautyFULL January 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      Well,let’s just do it peacefully though GEJ’s timing couldn’t be more wrong.asuu is on strike,boko haram,instead of tackling these knotty issues your focused on subsidy.can’t you deal with your friends the cabal any other way?Nigerians must face discomfort for a while,well newsflash I can’t remember enjoying anything from the govt.why don’t you review the 1billion earmarkd for ur feedin?mtchheeeee!

    • Ayo Fashola January 11, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      Miss Serious…very well said and I agree with you 100% Protest don’t solve problems. Actionable solutions do.

    • little too late January 11, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      Fera(too angry to type ur full name) ever heard of rubber bullets?so u saying d police should kill thousands of people to save ur over sabi mum who should ve stayed at home in the first place? Such ignorance!

    • Cypriana January 12, 2012 at 12:33 AM

      I am really shocked at d reactions of Nigerians all over d various social networks. For all d Nigerians out on d streets in d name of protesting against fuel subsidy removal, it is such a shame that we can all come out to cry foul when we pretend as though nothing has been happening in our country since d issue of boko haram bombings started.
      Just like the senate rightly said the killings of innocent citizens are more important than the fuel subsidy removal. I for one cannot be bothered about the removal of fuel subsidy bcos Nigerians will survive it one way or another especially if it will benefit the nation in the long run but the lives of those taken in the bombings cannot be brought back or replaced. For someone like me (and i daresay i also speak for those of us who are Christians in d north)who survival is paramount on my mind and who cannot sleep with both eyes closed u think subsidy removal is important to me?
      U can all act unconcerned bcos pple u know are not being affected or that u think u are safe in watever part of d country u are in, but mark my words, sooner or later they will slowly progress 2wards u.
      Instead of protesting senselessly against subsidy removal have u all stopped to think for once that the innocent lives being wasted are wat u should be protesting against?
      If the removal of subsidy will cripple the financing of boko haram then i’m 200% for it and paying any amount for transportation will be worth it, at least i’ll be alive to even pay that.

      • darkvixen January 12, 2012 at 1:43 AM

        My brother, you over made sense. It’s ‘humbling’ to see that side of what is happening to our Country. So true, when ever BH strikes, all we hear are numbers. Its good to have an open mind to see these issues and be constructive in tackling them. First it was the merceneries from the east, then the west, after wards the south, now we have the ones from the north. I cringed when I saw one of the BH reps on BBC in my base. Is that teh attention we want to command. No matter the amount of image laundry they want to do. We need to tackle the problem from the root ASAP.

    • MyView January 12, 2012 at 12:47 AM

      I am so praying for my Country. Good job on the pictures Bella.

    • myqell January 12, 2012 at 4:26 AM

      Take a look at images done by a Nigerian brother called Skreed in support of OCCUPY NIGERIA: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-729757
      http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-728469
      http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-729444
      PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK TO SUPPORT OCCUPY NIGERIA

    • mekhi phifa January 12, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      #OCCUPYNigerians should be demanding dt d President cut down on his expenditure by 50% dt should be d ODA of d day as we are in Day4.
      D protesters should not try 2bring in ds Mess d South East and South south. Dt will b uncalled 4 since they de have decided 2 adhere wit d status qou it is definitly4 their own good judging frm 1966 Betrayal by d so called Nigerians (South West, MidWest, MiddleBelt) pls d SE n SS know much beta right now.

    • Micheal January 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      High Energy Price = Wealth Reduction ( Poor Masses)
      High Energy Price= Wealth Increase (the Rich)

      Guess what …the rich becomes richer and the poor gets poorer. Either way the rich always wins. It’s an economic formular that’s not new. So removal of subsidy is going to make some people hit the forbes list while others pay the price.
      Guess everyone will decide what side you belong if this policy persist ..guess what! the middle class is almost going into extinction, if not.

    • JOBS IN NIGERIA January 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      I have a problem with us always talking down on our presidents and giving them demeaning names esp on social networks,forgive me but i don’t see nationals of other countries doing that and i feel its talking down on ourselves too and given others the right to do so,its wrong by me,I don’t support subsidy removal,i think its adding to the hardship of we the Nigerian people but i appeal please attack his policies and not the man,I m not so sure you ll reign abuses on your dad,or call him demeaning names just cos you disagree with him.

    • temi January 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      bellanaija or watever u call ur self now u pissed me off, so u refuse to psate my comment.rubish u

    • eazzie January 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Bella, good job on this but i have seem better pictures which successfully captured the magnitude of the crowd which came out at various locations. Pls note that i am not criticizing the ones you posted but providing information just incase you may need to upload more pictures regarding this. if you follow banky w and rugged man on twitter, they have been twitting the best coverage ever of the occupy nigeria protest. Cheers!

    • Mchy Baby January 12, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      Father! Father!! into ur hands we committ Nigeria and Nigerians, AMEN!!!

    • me January 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      BN pls upload new.

    • AfricaMars TV January 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      Watch occupy Nigeria new video lmao http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTeDODyjcMY

    • miss B January 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      @ Marvel, thank you!!!! …so am i allowed to post now? this my fourth trial. i promise to keep my comments to level that reflects the image of this site. I promise to steer away from any significant issue or remotely attempt a critical analysis. Many thanks.

    • nich January 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      even though the corruption level amongs nigerian leaders has made everybody angry over the country….

      truly nigerians are good people, creative and talented….it is the govt that has forced people to become fraudstars.

      i know that this event was for good……for once in my life time……i have had the voice of the the people of nigeria…..

      i am happy that i saw this in my life time

      yes i leave abroad but this is the greatest that i have ever seen or heard about nigeria

    • for Nigeria January 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      pls, people that come on here to talk about GEJ not doing anything for the Igbo’s and so on. you seem to be missing the point. “one Nigeria, one focus, justice and accountability!!!! it is tribalism that divides. he does not owe anything specially to any region, that is not equality. stop pulling us back!!

    • QQ January 12, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      It’s unfortunate that you are so ashamed of your people Zara.
      I’m Igbo and i know what our people have suffered for years during and since after the war. Maybe you need some history lesson. Go ask your mums and Dad what the Igbo people sacrified after the war, what they have had to put up with in the east for over 40years and what they have been particularly suffering in recent years that has lead to them( the Igbos) fleeing from the east to the North, west and overseas for greener pastures. Do you travel to your home town at all? How much do you think fuel cost in the east even before this subsidy removal? As at 2009 it was sld for 65-95 naira in some places. Who spoke out for the Igbos then? When Aba was going through their crisis who cried out to government for them? With most of the major roads in the east dilapidated including Federal roads, who cried out to the government for the Igbos……..I can keep going on and on. Look, it is easy to judge when you don’t understand the circumstances people have to live under. The Igbos have a ‘vanquished (casualty of war)’ mentality and cannot be crucified for it. Besides the whole essence of the Biafran war was revolution which they tried and failed with great loses which they are yet to recover from. So don’t expect the wounded to fight the fight. If you are not going to sypathize with the Igbos, at least leave them alone to keep nursing their wounds.

    • Ije January 12, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      Having read some posts, I’ll just like to add my two cents on the issue of ethnicity here.
      The truth is that it does not matter. We are all brothers and sisters. What affects one affects the other. It is when we loose sight of this that we suffer as we have done while strangers continually reap our harvest.

      The fact that GEJ is Ijaw is not what is important. It is the fact that he has decided like all his predecessors to let the nation burn.

      What the country needs is a person who possesses the vision and intelligence to move it forward, regardless of whether he is Ekoi, Hausa, Igbira, Igbo, Birom or Yoruba with the support of the entire nation.
      Nothing less will take us where we need to be.

    • Nne January 12, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      An ibo man protest? are you calling us foolish? An Ibo doesn’t rely on govt to make money 500 per litre or not, we will strive to survive. 4 days is too much time to be stupid, the few ones to whom this protest concern, are probably supplying gala , purewater, minerals etc.

    • Nne January 12, 2012 at 8:31 PM

      SPARKLE , biko your head is highly intact.

    • Enwongo Cleopas January 13, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      personally i hate seeing abusive comments and stuffs so if this site does not post your comment because it was too aggressive or abusive, why complain? go to other sites this aint the only…..i think people should learn to comment without being abusive and controversial. there’s a limit to everything. balance should be attained.

    • rogotigi January 13, 2012 at 4:58 AM

      Is BN on strike too? :(

      • Bey January 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        The whole country… esp Lagos is on Shut Down!! Where do you want her to feature pictures from her society weddings, ‘Petite Marche’ and the like? From Mars? NOTHINg is happening! And for 5 days too. And its good that she is not really featuring such stuff… I think it would be insensitive in view of the mood in the country.

    • Tosin January 13, 2012 at 8:33 AM

      I am worried and praying that things work out for Nigeria. The president of Nigeria is fighting for Nigeria’s future. Some people are fighting for their own selfish interests (the protesters are helping them – sometimes inadvertently.) There should be more compromises, but in the end, what Nigeria deserves is a zero subsidy (in fact a tax/penalty) on importation of fuel and fuel importation. Sacrifice a little today so we can have a good future. Be a fool, and we will have a foolish future.

    • black hair January 13, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      This is sad!

    • triangle January 13, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      BN my respect for dis site has doubled this period. You guys hv proved to us that you own your site and decide what should be on it. I hv visited so many blogs and usually leave wit a bitter taste in my mouth. The level of bias is so much. Hw a respected blogger will approve comments where a sitting president is insulted, ridiculed and abused is beyond me. Do we now seek traffic to blogs in order to make money to d point where readers post links and tell u to post them?
      Like I said, bellanaija has shown dt class can’t be bought. A govt policy can be criticised without the insults and venom going round in social networks. God bless you guys!

    • Kaiser Phemi January 15, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      How can I occupy Nigeria when my tummy is not occupied ? Please, the one week “break” wasn’t rosy for me. I need to get back to work, I need dough!!!